A film about three men trapped in a car better have characters interesting enough to sustain itself, but Antonin Svoboda’s “Forever Never Anywhere” throws together guys whose foibles range only from mildly amusing to outright annoying. Occasional clever ideas, and some genuinely funny moments, help pass the time, but this is basically a one-trick pony that would be eminently more satisfying as a short. Austrian stereotypes and in-jokes will play well at home on March release, with probable Euro cable to follow.
Straightlaced archeologist Rafael (Dirk Stermann) and uptight brother-in-law Manfred (Christoph Grissemann) are driving back from a country do when they pick up stranded German performer Berni Schwanenmeister (Heinz Strunk). While swerving to avoid a jogger, their car veers off into a ravine and gets wedged between trees, making it impossible to open. Sadistic pre-teen Toni (Philip Bialkowski) decides to make them part of a behavioral research experiment, alternately depriving them of light and food to gauge their reactions (imagine a young Lars von Trier). Svoboda, co-founder of dynamic production house Coop 99, scripted by cast members, possibly accounting for the directionless middle. Accomplished lensing doesn’t overdo claustrophobic elements.